World Refugee Day: New IFRC study shares ‘smart practices’ for building resilience of vulnerable migrants

Published: 20 June 2016

Geneva, 20 June 2016 – The first findings of the Smart Practices that Enhance the Resilience of Migrants Report commissioned by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reveal that migrants’ resilience to potential risks and shocks is a key factor in shaping their life outcomes.

“People who migrate can make a hugely positive contribution, socially, culturally, economically, when they settle in their new homes. The extent to which people will thrive in their new homes is determined by key factors such as their access to essential services along their journey, family and community links, and education and job opportunities in their new homes,” said Mr Garry Conille, IFRC Under-Secretary General for Programme and Operations.

According to the study, it is crucial that support to migrants helps strengthen their resilience to hardship they may face at each stage of their journey - from the point of origin, transition through borders, at migrant camps to the point of arrival and possible return. Support for people who migrate should address six interlinked dimensions of resilience - regulatory safety, financial capital, physical capital, human capital, social capital and natural capital.

The study is based on interviews with more than 70 people from 30 countries including Honduras, Lebanon, Thailand, Sweden and Kenya. It examines the vulnerabilities and needs of migrants during each phase of their journey, and identifies more than 50 smart practices from every region in migration assistance, protection, awareness raising and advocacy. It also proposes ideas and solutions for new approaches to addressing the critical needs of migrants. 

“The study aims to ensure that all actors, including the 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world, have the knowledge, tools, resources and capacities to identify and address the needs of vulnerable migrants and increase their protection,” said Mr Conille.

Along the migration trail, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies continue to provide urgently needed search and rescue, restoring family links, food, shelter and health services, as well as programmes that support resilience building and social inclusion in countries of origin and destination.

The summary of the study is available at The full report will be available in July.

For further information or interview requests contact:

In Geneva:

Benoit Carpentier, IFRC Team Leader, Public Communications
Mobile: +41 79 213 2413  Email: Twitter: @BenoistC